Genesis, Kiss, LL Cool J, Donna Summer, Jimmy Cliff nominated for Rock Hall of Fame
Tons of acts with '70s starts (but '80s hits) received nominations today. The biggest name: Kiss, which had been snubbed by the hall for years now. Also among the '80s-centric artists: Genesis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, Donna Summer, ABBA and Jimmy Cliff.
All said, 12 acts were nominated. Others included the Stooges, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, the Chantels and the Hollies. Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their debut release, so all the candidates released their first single no later than 1984. (That means LL Cool J and the Red Hot Chili Peppers both made the ballot on their first year they were eligible.)
For Kiss, the timing couldn't be better. The band is celebrating the 35th anniversary of it's Kiss Alive album. Plus, the band is kicking off a U.S. tour (which hits Tampa on Oct. 21).
Here's what else stands out among this year's class of nominees:
ABOUT TIME: Finally Kiss makes the list of nominees, some 500 years after they were eligible. We're just guestimating. Likewise, it's hard to believe that Genesis and Donna Summer weren't already in the hall. What's the secret password here?
STILL MISSING: Where is Journey, Styx, Rush, Heart and Bon Jovi? Don't they all deserve to be nominated before the Red Hot Chili Peppers?
WHO'S IN FOR SURE: Only five acts can be inducted each year. Figure Kiss to be an absolute lock. I think the hall will also take Genesis, Jimmy Cliff and Donna Summer. That leaves one spot. Usually they take an old-OLD-school act, so that might leave LL Cool J, ABBA and the Red Hot Chili Peppers waiting for another year.
Check out a really nice gallery of the nominees on the Rolling Stone website. Also, Stuck in the '80s cohost Sean Daly says Kiss is a lock, but isn't impressed by the other 11 nominees. Click here to vote in his online poll.